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Single Copy Price-75¢ (70¢ plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 109, Numl)er 42 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 E-maih glem,illenews@gmail.com Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 THIS WEEK'S PRAYER Heaven/), Father, Bless all of the state's fall colors travelers with good health, safety and happiness; Provide comfort and recovery to the sick, injured, displaced or depressed, especially the fatalities and injured in the Scenic RR crash in northem Pocahontas County, Rocky and Kimberly Federwitz, Judy Furr Marks, and Dreama Coen• Also, ditto for the successful recoveries of JoAnn Peggs, Billy Burke (gall blatter surgery), Madanne Stevens, Sandy Kerby, Andy Bramer, Helen James, Priscilla Bailey, Susie James, Sarah Frashure Miller, Kathy Bailey (brain cancer), Rose Moore, Judy Kems, Charlie Bancroft (stroke), Carolyn Corcoran, Patricia Golden's mother and son, Kenny Goff (youth), Blake Grogg" (youth), Richard Reed, Judy Eaton, and others needing Christ's healing touch (if you desire prayers, call us -- no pranksters, please); Give heart to the families of this week's deceaseds, especially to those of Lois Carter, Tonia Putnam Marks and the Pocahontas County train-logging truck wreck• Bless them and pray for them, dear Lord! Amen. Congressional gridlock getting more serious and state tower scandal Page 3 Sports Scene -- oGSC & Titans football teams prepare r this week's games. Page L This Week in WV History Oct. 18, 1941: William "Billy" Cox was born in Wheeling. He is one of two bassists to have played regularly with legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Oct. 20,1990: The current USS West Virginia was commiKsioned. The USS West Virginia is an Ohio Class Trident ballistic missile submarine that is 560 feet long. Oct. 22,1693: Lord Thomas Fairfax was born in Kent, England. He inher- ited five million acres in Virginia, land that included much of the present East- ern Panhandle of West Virginia. Oct. 22, 1977: Construction of the New River Gorge Bridge was com- pleted after three years :of work: The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County is one of West Virginia's best- known landmarks. Oct. 23, 1943: German prisoners arrived at Camp Ashford in White Sulphur Springs. B uiit by the U.S. War Department, Camp Ashford was one of two camps in West Virginia that housed prisoners of war during World War II. Gilmer Goings FLU CLINIC From 10:0() a.m. tO 12:00 noon on this Fri., Oct• 18, a Flu Clinic will take place at Rosedale's Senior Center. It is sponsored by Gilmer County Health Department. Please sign up in ad- vance, if possible, by calling 304-462- 7351 or 304-364-5374. Continued on page 6 IP b ic MQ tia • At 9 a.m. on this Wed., Oct. 16, the Gilmer County Commission wUl meet for a regular meeting atthe Courthouse. The public is invited. • At 6 p.m. on next Mon., Oct.'21, the Gilmer County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting in the High School's media center. • At 12 noon on Thurs., Oct. 31, the Gilmer County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, beginning with a Halloween covered dish dinner. The program that follows will be resented by local poet-historian Mary Ann Radabaugh, who will speak on the "History of Education: Before, During and After the Civil War." Don't miss this festive occasion. For more info, check the "Area Briefs" and this week's "Corcoran Column." The Editorial Page ................................. 3 Sports ......................... . ........................... 7 Society ............................... 6, 8-12, 15-16 Courthouse News ................................. 13 Legals ................................................... 13 Classifieds ............................................ 14 GC s ..................................................... 6 Obituaries ............................................... 6 Regional Marketplace .......................... 16 Meditation Moment Thoughts on Healing "Rest, as soon as there is pain, is a great restorative in all disturbances of the body." Hippocrates Ancient Era: "Father of Medicine" (460 - 377 B.C.) "The treatment is really a cooperative effort of a trinity -- the patient, the doctor and the "inner doctor." Ralph Bircher Swiss physician (Modem Age Writer) 'We're No. 5' in 2012?--- By Dendra Miller, problem by enacting WV Code § 18-2C, which News Editor requires schools to report disciplinary actions The fact that bullying was taking place at a taken by a'school for harassment, intimidation seemingly high rate in Gilmer County Middle and bullying behaviors. Under this code, the and High School is no secret, but a recently aforementioned undesirable conduct is treated released report named Gilmer in the top five collectively. schools in West Virginia for this bad behavior. When looking at the totals for county school In June of this year, the West Virginia De- systems across the state, Kanawha, Cabell, partment of Education released a report en- Mercer, Berkeley and Upshur were the top five titled: A descriptive analysis of harassment, for discipline referrals. However, when the intimidation and bullying student behaviors: information was viewed as a percentage of 2011-2012. student enrollment, only Upshur County re- While this report is based on numbers from mained on that list. past years, it provides a picture of Gilmer According to the report. 7.6% of all students County in relation to the rest of the state in in Upshur County were referred to administra- bullying behaviors, tors for harassment, intimidation or bullying. In 2011, the WV Legislature addressed the" Continued on page 4 ] PSD hears further updates on C0xs Mills water project By David COrcoran, Jr., an official Thrasher surveying crew in tomor- General Manager row (Oct. 15, 2013) rechecking and replacing After bringing the Oct. 14. 2013 Public stakes to make sure all right-of-ways are in- Service District meeting to order at 7 p.m. tact. sharp, PSD President Bill Stalnaker and the Mr. Allen spoke up about the drilling around boardquicklyreviewedtheminutesofthelast Rt. 1 at Alice Road. He indicated that they meeting and moved on to more weighty mat- were takint~so much time because it was a ters.., the continuing work on the Coxs Mills road crossil~ issue (drilling under the exist- water extension project, ing road) ~ that the rock in that area is With several normal visitors out, only Ed ,extremelyhard.Sofar:theyhavedrilled(hori- Mitchell of Thrasher and Chris Allen of Capi- zontally) seven feet in seven days. l!ol-Valley were available for questions. Mr. With the Coxs Mills plan update finislaed, Mitchell reported that an estimated 78.640 the PSD turned to other issues. feet of pipe will be used in the project with Regarding the prison line water issues approximately 24% already finished, brought up in the last meeting, a repair bill of He also indicated that because of the rela- $17,887 was estimated. There were a number tively good weather, they've been able to of expensive components damaged, but it still utilize 142 of the 333 contracted days for the falls under the money set aside. project. The Board indicated that they hoped The group discussed a leak adjustment re- the good weather will continue, quest to the total of$116.85. Since everything Currently, there are two crews working, was in order, the request was granted. One is working at the Danny Bonnet resi- TheconceptofaGilmerCounty-widephone dence and the other is on Rt. 1 at the curve tree service was mentioned for use in emer- (tentatively identified as the Peggs property), gencies such as boil water advisories, or other Mr. Mitchell also indicated that the water similar Gilmer County disasters. The Board tank mentioned at the last meeting will be put Members looked at the two different services inby Mid-Atlantic Tank with the groundwork that had been provided as handouts, but re- starting nextMonday (Oct. 21,2013). Further quested further information. questions revealed itwill be a 24' tall, 53,000 Finally, there was a report of a high-pres- gallon tank and it wilt be placed "At the very sure water leak near the Sand Fork Post Of- top of Gary Bush's property", according to rice. The PSD had been alerted that morning Mitchell. He then verbally praised Bush for to the leak by Wendell Tomblin. ÷ all of his help in getting the location ready for Bills totaling $112,506.74 came before the thetank saying that he had gone "above and Board. The Board voted to pay them. beyond the call of duty" to help the construe- The Board then scheduled the next meeting tion crews. , for 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2013 and then went into Mitchell also revealed that there would be Executive Session at 7:31. "h J ntv. of Kent History Board Formed GLENVILLE PUBLISHER APPOINTED TO UNIV. OF KY. BOARD--The University of Kentucky's History Dept. has established an alumni Advisory Board in order to help promote the nationally renowned department in order to offset the dwindling number of high school graduates who would choose History as a major. The kickoff meetings took place on Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 10-1,1 on the Lexington, KY campus. Pictured here after the maiden Advisory Board's meetings are from left to right: Mr. Ben Chandler, Esq. (former U.S. Congressman-KY), Dr. Gretchen Starr Lebeau (UK History Professor), Dr. Dave Corcoran, Sr. (Glenville, WV, newspaper publisher-sr. editor) and Dr. Tracy Gampbell (UK History Professor). Among others on the Board, all of whom are UK History Dept: graduates, are the Head Librarian of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Kentucky State Historian & State Museum Director, and a Johns Hopkins University chief administrator. Upon his appointment, Corcoran stated, "1 am indeed humbled to have been selected to serve on this important University Board. I am accepting this new challenge, because I believe that I can be of service to the University in solving this critical educational problem, along with taking some good news about Glenville and Gilmer County back to my Kentucky college• The historical education I received there was sound, comprehensive and fun." (Photo courtesy of Dr. Karen Petrone, Dept. Chair) • i COURAGEOUS AND CARING LADY -- Faye Fitzwater was the guest speaker at GSC's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon. Faye explained how cancer hact harmed her family, again and again. Both her mother and father were affected by the disease as was her sister, her nephew and her own daughter• Faye, herself, was diagnosed with breast cancer In 1989, but since the malignant tumor was found early on and she was brave enough to go through a double mastectomy, she livedcancer free for several years• Some years later, she was diagnosed with cancer again this time in her chest• She agreed to treatment and was able to beat the killing cancer again. "We are seeing great progress n research," said Fitzwater. "1 can see that from the time I was first diagnosed to when my daughter was diagnosed just a year ago." While your heart goes out to Faye, it also swells with pride at her strength and committment to helping her fellow "man" by bringing attention to the importance of early detection and continued research for breast cancer• For those very reasons, Faye Fitzwater earns the designation as this week's "Folks Who Shine" high spot! DJM, News Ed. I THE OCT. 10, 2013 GILMER COUNTY EDA MEETING GETS UNDERWAY. EDA hears of issues, internal and external- sets up Fall meetings By David Corcoran, Jr., Association. General Manager After advising EDA member Susan Issues of scheduling and semantics took up Stalnaker-WareonherToshibacomputer, soft- the bulk of the Oct. 10, 2013 noon meeting of ware, and printer, the EDA moved on to the the Gilmer County Economic Development Continued on page 4 Area 'Trick-or-Treat' schedules As Halloween draws near, children are picking out costumes and parents are buying candy. Children in Gilmer County are fortunate in that they have several options for trick-or- treating. The first disbursement of sweets will take place on Mon., Oct. 28 at the Haunted Reci-eation Center event. The Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Assoc. will be hosting "Trunk or Treat" beginning at 6:00 p.m. (Folks giving candy may set up from 5 to 5:45 p.m.) It's designed to be a sate and fun Halloween experience for youths of all ages. In addition to the candy, kids can take a hayride from 6 to 7:45 p.m., vote in the costume and trunk decorating contest at 7:00 p.m. and then hang around for the "Monster Mash Dance" from 7 to 8:00 p.m. You may reserve a parking spot to hand out treats by calling the WVU Extension Office at 304-462-7061. Both Cedarville and the City of Glenville will have trick-or-treat on Halloween from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sand Fork residents will expect little goblins and witches between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on that night, with a community Halloween Party taking place beforehand at 6:00 p.m. Troy Elementary will also sponsor a Community Party on Tues., Oct. 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. That event is spearheaded by the PTO. No information was available for the Normantown or Tanner areas. nn armers' Fall is a fun time for kids and this Sat. at the Gilmer County Farmers' Market, youngsters are the guests of honor. While the Market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Sat. throughout the growing season, children are encouraged to come beginning around 10:00 a.m. this Sat. to join in some fun activities that have been planned. Pumpkin carving will, no doubt, be the main attraction. Children can bring their own pumpkins or purchase one at the Market. Other activities may include cookie decorating,'crafts and simple recipes for hot chocolate or tall party mix. There will be free hot dogs, punch and coffee (for the big people). The Market still has vegetables for sale, as well. Potatoes can be bought by the pound or get a big 50 pound bag. Apples are available by the bushel or pound. Tomatoes (red, yellow and green), peppers and squash can be bought as well as honey, baked goods, eggs and leather work. The Farmers' Market is a branch of the Gilmer County Economic Development Association. GSC 2013 Music Fest next Tues., Oct. 22 The annual 2013 Glenville State College Fine Arts Department "Music Fest" is scheduled for October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The event features Continued on page 4